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Crouching Brutus, Hidden Dagger: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the Vicious Cycle of Betrayal and Revenge

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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic, Standards-based Unit on Shakespear's tragedy Julius Caesar. Shakespeare is widely recognized as the greatest writer of all time. Therefore, in order for students to be sufficiently culturally literate, it is important that they have a working knowledge of Shakespeare's life, work, and language. Additionally, the play Julius Caesar has literary and historical significance, as well as applicability to current social, ethical, and governmental issues. The themes in this play are archetypal in nature; students should be able to connect them with other works of literature.